For the past couple of months, people in Bradford and Leeds have been making artworks, writing poetry and painting hearts in readiness for our solidarity event with Grenfell.
On the first anniversary, they gathered together outside Bradford City Hall and walked with their hearts and the names of the children, women and men who died, to honour and remember them. They walked to Bradford Cathedral, and spoke the names of the 72 people who died as they lit candles.
“The feeling of unity and love was heart-achingly shared and felt and we thank the Grenfell community for guiding us to that, through their show of strength and dignity.
The artworks we have made convey our feelings on life, love and loss and are another way for us to share our solidarity. They are there too, to raise money for the Justice4Grenfell campaign.
One of the pieces “we’re all someone’s daughter, we’re all someone’s son” is a collective artwork of 72 miniature keepsakes made by a cross-section of people from all over Leeds and Bradford. You can bid online for them here: Keepsake Exhibition where you can also find out more about the other work.”
Thanks to Neil Terry for photographing the event.
Gloucester park silent March for Grenfell, was very well attended. The speakers included Unite Union, Unite community, FBU, CWU and was attended by Unison, and a RMT representative. The local Pastor also spoke, as well as Gloucester labour parliamentary candidate.
Over eighty people turned out to march through Gloucester and there were plenty of acknowledges from general public.
Special thanks to Steve Gower for organising. Photo credits go to Kurt Schroeder Photography.
The assembly point for the March is Downing St at 12pm.
We will then follow the route displayed here on the map – and we have some incredible speakers for you too. See you there!
Press Release: For Immediate Release
At the first anniversary of the Grenfell Disaster, the Justice 4 Grenfell Campaign finds itself as members of a stronger, closer and unified North Kensington community. On the Anniversary, we will foremost honour and remember the 72 children, women and men who lost their lives. We will be here with our community and we will stand with Grenfell.
I find myself going through three phases each day. Firstly, it feels like it was only yesterday that I stood at the base of the tower watching the ‘inferno’; at other times it feels longer than a year as there have been so many struggles, e.g. lack of permanent homes for former residents; sometimes I wake up questioning if the horror at Grenfell really happened? I want the world to stand with Grenfell on the anniversary. The community needs to see and feel huge support at what will be a difficult time. The road to Justice continues and ‘Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.’
One year on, as I reflect on that fateful morning, I recall that for a brief time our community felt like we were in a warzone where a bomb had been dropped. The horror of watching the fire, the pain of the loss of lives and homes as well as the frustration and anger at the absence of support from the local authority still resonates. We have stood firm and used the unity of our community and the solidarity from across the country and internationally to keep our focus on the demand for justice. Today I will honour the lives of my neighbours and friends who lost their lives so needlessly and take courage from the dignity of the bereaved families.
I can’t believe that a year has passed, though at times I find myself still questioning if the fire at Grenfell Tower really happened. It has been a whirlwind year, and although full of so many difficult emotions that I didn’t know existed, we’ve also seen so many beautiful gestures from people to people, and city to city since. When we’ve been at our lowest, it’s been ordinary people and communities who have given strength. Today, as we mark the 1st anniversary of the fire, I want to thank this community for all that they have done and continue to do. I am so honoured to have grown up in and live in North Kensington, and will continue to fight alongside this community for as long as it takes. We will get justice but, today let’s remember the 72 men, women and beautiful children that were lost, let’s remember their families and the survivors of Grenfell Tower. Most importantly, let’s do what we have proven to the world we do so well: love and support one another.
We have attached the route for all of those joining our March on the 16th June. If the route is too long, you can meet us in Parliament Square from 2.30pm onwards.
We look forward to seeing you there.
There are many Solidarity Silent Walks & Events being organised throughout the Country on the week covering the 14th June.
We’ve tried to list them all here for you. Please do get involved.
Thursday 14th June 2018:
London Silent Walk
Gathering from 17:45pm at Maxilla, walking at 7pm – Ending up at Kensington Memorial Park on St Marks Road from 8.30pm
The park will be a PRESS FREE area – please respect this!
FB Event: Grenfell Silent Walk – 1 Year On
Merseyside Solidarity Walk
18:00pm -St Luke’s Church, Liverpool
FB Event: Merseyside Solidarity Walk
Ramsgate Solidarity Event
17:45pm – Meet at Ramsgate Beach
FB Event: Ramsgate Solidarity Event
Bradford Solidarity Walk
17:45pm – Centenary Square
FB Event: Bradford Solidarity Walk
Bolton, Manchester Solidarity with Grenfell
18:15pm – Victoria Square, BR1 1RJ
FB Event: Bolton Solidarity with Grenfell
Sheffield Solidarity Event
17:00pm – Sheffield Town Hall
FB Event: Justice4Grenfell Solidarity Event
Bristol & Gloucester Unite Solidarity March
18:00pm – Gloucester Park
FB Event: Grenfell Memorial March
Bristol4Grenfell Solidarity March
17:30pm – College Green, Bristol
FB Event: Bristol4Grenfell: 1 Year ON, Remembrance and call for Justice
Edinburgh Solidarity Vigil
18:00pm – The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2
FB Event: Edinburgh Remembers Grenfell
Aberdeen Solidarity Vigil
18:30pm – St Nicholas Square
FB Event: Grenfell – One Year on
Leeds Solidarity Vigil
18:00pm – Parkinson Building, LS2 9
FB Event: Grenfell – One Year On Vigil
Leeds Solidarity Vigil & Protest
17:00pm – Leeds Art Gallery, Victoria Gardens
York Solidarity Vigil
17:45pm – St Helen’s Square, YO1 8
FB Event: York Vigil in Solidarity with Grenfell
Dundee Silent Walk
17:45pm – McManus Galleries, Dundee, DD1 1DA
Saturday 16th June:
Brighton Solidarity Demonstration
12:00pm – The Level, Lewes Road BN2 3FX
FB Event: ONE YEAR ON – Brighton and Hove Solidarity Demonstration
London Justice4Grenfell National Demonstration
12:00pm – Downing Street, march to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and then on to Parliament Square, where there will be several speakers.
FB Event: One Year On: Justice For Grenfell
Sunday 17th June:
Newcastle Remembrance Event
Details TBC (Please check this post in the following days)
On the 28th May 2018, the RCAxJ4G Solidarity Group & Justice4Grenfell hosted a day of ‘making’ at The Curve Community Centre.
Thanks to the students at the Royal College of Art’s Justice4Grenfell Solidarity Group, the community were able to print t-shirts and bags, try out weaving green hearts, banner making and poster making.
It was a wonderful day that enabled people of all ages in the community to come together to create some beautiful work that can be used along the Silent Walk route on the 14th June to mark one year of the fire at Grenfell Tower.
We are really pleased to announce TWO additional making days, open to everybody, on the 9th & 10th June 2018 at the Royal College of Art, Dorando Close – which is a few minutes walk from Wood Lane and White City Underground Stations. There will also be a couple of new ‘making’ stations for people to try out!
It’s really accessible – you can take the Hammersmith & City or Circle Line from Latimer Road or Ladbroke Grove to Wood Lane. From Wood Lane, it’s a really easy to get to the Campus – we’ve included a map in the gallery. Everyone is welcome – please do come down!
We’d like to thank the RCAxJ4G Solidarity Group and also the Portable Print Studio, who facilitated the bag and t-shirt printing.